Ottawa to re-open parks Saturday

Allen Park Ottawa – Studstill Media Photo

OTTAWA-Ottawa will be re-opening the open spaces of all public parks on Saturday.  This includes Allen Park, Eastside Park, Fox River Park, Hollywood Park, Kiwanis Park, Lincoln Douglas Park, Peck Park, Rigden Park, Skate Park, Thornton Park, Turnberry Park, Varland Park, Walsh Park, Washington Square, and the I & M Canal path located within the city limits.  The city said Friday that the re-opening of the parks permits use of the open spaces of the parks and use of public benches as long as social distancing is maintained.  Additionally, they announce use of the pavilions is permitted as long as no more than ten people are gathered in the pavilion at any one time.  However, picnic tables will not be set out for public use to avoid the gathering of individuals.  Additionally, fishing will be permitted from the shores of the Illinois River and Fox River.  Boat launches will remain open and the City will begin installing docks; however, consistent with the Governor’s recent order, only groups of two people will be permitted.